MR. CITY LOCAL NEWS Knoxville Tennessee

24 Mar 2022

Wow Knoxville's worst areas weren't what I thought they'd be at all What an interesting experience So we re going to begin our trip in downtown Knoxville on the northern edge of downtown in a small district called Old City This is the sketchiest part of downtown Knoxville - home to the city s main bus stop train station and homeless shelter There are a decent number of shops restaurants and bars here and this is where people go clubbing - typically starting at about 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays It s Sunday November 10 2019 at 11 15 am We re going to leave the downtown area and head east into the worst area of Knoxville As you can see many areas along the eastern side of downtown Knoxville look to be undergoing change That s because Knoxville has begun a gentrification process slowly moving out the poorer members of the community further out making room for condos more retail and other newer and more modern buildings that will be appealing to younger wealthier home buyers and residents This is the corner of McCalla Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard As you can see across the street - the city has removed a large section of poor crime ridden areas and built a more modern community This particular community is called Five Points However two blocks in front of us if we kept going on the other side of this new little development is one of Knoxville s worst projects It s a very interesting dynamic where you have brand new homes on the same block as the projects This gentrification process is controversial While many support improving communities it forces poorer people out of their homes separating them from friends and family It is odd to see random modernized homes mixed in with older rundown homes On some blocks rent goes for 500 for most of the block and then there are fixed up homes renting for 1 500 a month or selling for 250 000 grand Knoxville has plans to continue modernizing its neighborhoods to lure in more affluence to the area It seems to be working as the Knoxville metropolitan area has grown faster than the national average only trailing the Nashville area in terms of growth We re now in the Parkridge neighborhood which regularly gets the most attention when it comes to crime and poverty But I ve seen some ghetto areas and this was tame in comparison Crime wise - it s not pretty Knoxville has been called one of the 50 least livable cities because while the downtown area might be charming and very safe the outskirts are very poor and dangerous Crime in Knoxville is 131 higher than other cities of its size 1 in 4 people in Knoxville lives in poverty almost double the national average We re going to turn left and head west back towards downtown again and head down Magnolia Avenue one of the most dangerous streets in the greater Knoxville area Many times when you hear about a crime it s along this section of East Magnolia Avenue To be honest the worst areas of Knoxville were not really even all that bad From my perspective the worst outlying areas of Knoxville are just generally poor with heightened crime but NOTHING like areas in major cities across the country We re going to end the drive here We also did a drivethrough of downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee as well as a video on our drive to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge The links to those videos are in the description Link to the downtown Knoxville tour video a https 3A 2F 2Fwww youtube com 2Fwatch 3Fv 3DOj32NSAk840 a Tennessee Mountain tour of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg a https 3A 2F 2Fwww youtube com 2Fwatch 3Fv 3DM-24orQTqAM a This channel talks about America different states education travel geography and what it's like to live in different places in America Business email robikmarketing1 gmail com Mappy Mappy HomeSnacks net He'll do his best to answer your questions and fan mail

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